Steve Jobs was an American entrepreneur and business icon. He was the think tank, designer, co-founder, and CEO of one of the most successful companies today- the Apple Inc. In addition to this, he was a majority shareholder and chairman of Pixar. Also, the co-founder and chief executive officer of NeXT.
His journey started as a middle-class technician. Want to know how he became the chairperson of the world’s most loved brand of appliances? Let’s find out how much the net worth of Steve Jobs was during the last days of his life.
Early life and Biography
Steve Jobs was born on 24 February 1955, in San Francisco to Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble. Later he was adopted by Clara Hagopian and Paul Jobs. Steve’s biological father, Abdulfattah Jandali belonged to an Arab Muslim family and his mother, Joanne Schieble was a Catholic Swiss from Germany. Steve Jobs’s adoptive father was Calvinist. In 1957, Paul and Clara adopted a girl child named Patricia. Then, they shifted to Mountain View, California, in 1961.
As Steve was a machine lover since his childhood, Paul made a workbench for him in his garage. Steve found it difficult to befriend people of his own age. Instead, he was involved with devices and made friends with many engineers from his neighborhood. He was entirely disinterested in traditional classrooms and used to play pranks with the teachers.
In 1968, when Steve was 13 years old, he was given a summer project by Bill Hewlett (of Hewlett-Packard) after he did an unsolicited call and asked him for any electronic job. In late 1968, he went to Homestead High School with his friend Fernandez. During the 1970s, he indulged in some new hobbies like reading, writing and listening to music. Later, Steve attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Though Steve Jobs hardly revealed his private life, yet many sources said that he dated the singer, Joan Baez. He also had blind dates with Diane Keaton. In 1978, his daughter Lisa Brennan Jobs was born to his high school girlfriend, Chris Ann Brennan.In 1991, he married Laurene Powell and had three children.
Career, Awards, and Nominations
In 1973, Steve Wozniak a fellow electronic hobbyist and good friend of Steve Jobs designed his version of a classic video game, Pong. He gave it to Steve Jobs, who gave it to Atari, Inc. Hence, he got the job as a technician at Atari.
After some time, Wozniak created a low price “blue box.” Steve and Wozniak started making money by selling it, and from here they realized that electronics can be a good business. In 1975, they both attended meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club, which was a stepping stone for the invention and marketing of the first Apple computer.
Wozniak assembled Apple I computer in 1976, and Steve Jobs suggested him to sell it. Further, in 1977, Jobs and Wozniak introduced the Apple II. It was the first successful microcomputer product sold by Apple.
Apple introduced the Macintosh, in 1984 but unfortunately because of its high price it was hard to sell. This lead to many conflicts in the Apple Company. In 1985 many staff members including Wozniak and Steve Jobs left the company. Shortly after resignation from Apple, Steve founded NeXT Inc., followed by the funding in Pixar. His first film as executive producer in collaboration with Disney was “Toy Story” in 1995. In 1997, Steve returned to Apple. As Apple purchased the NeXT. This lead to the launch of many appliances like I Pod, iTunes, the digital music software, etc.
In 2003, Steve was diagnosed with cancer. After several attempts and a liver transplant doctor could not save his life. Steve took his last breath on 5th October 2011 in Palo Alto, California.
This great personality won several awards for his virtuoso works, some of which include the Jefferson Award for Public Service, National Medal of Technology, Grammy Trustees Award and the Howard Vollum Award.
Net Worth & Earnings:
The total estimated net worth of Steve Jobs at the time of his death was estimated at $10.2 billion. Being an inventor, Steve Jobs was the think tank not only behind Apple but also behind the Pixar Animation Studios, an illustrious film production studio which he built from scratch. He was the creator of NeXT as well, a company that was later acquired by Apple.
Steve was known for his unconventional choices, both in his professional as well as personal life. Did you know that he charged only a $1 salary from Apple? Shocked? Well, don’t be for he made millions from his stock holdings.
Steve Jobs was very persistent towards his work and never gave up. He was not a nerd not a workaholic, but the one who enjoyed his work. It was his brains and sheer hard work that took Apple to such unprecedented heights.